The Homeland Defense (HD) Digest is a curated bi-weekly news summary from worldwide sources, showing headlines of innovative, emerging technologies in HDIAC's eight focus areas.
Join HDIAC on Thursday, May 21, from 1200 to 1300 EDT for our next live webinar presentation. Forensic DNA analysis has advanced significantly within the last 5 years and developments are beginning to be incorporated that will further push the boundaries of forensic science. By harnessing single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) across the entire genome, forensic investigations are now being solved with the aid of innovative technologies developed by Parabon under DoD research contracts, many of which are now in use by the DoD.
In this two-part podcast, HDIAC analyst Mara Kiernan interviews Dr. James Giordano, discussing the applications of neuroscience to national security. The discussion begins with a broad level conversation before narrowing the focus to warfighter neurocognitive enhancement. Dr. Giordano provides insight into the current state of neurocognitive enhancement, potential future technologies, and the various challenges associated with its development and use. The interview continues with a discussion about the ethical hurdles associated with such human enhancement technologies, the importance of building a competitive advantage, and considerations for continued innovation in this field.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) today released a predictive modeling tool to estimate natural decay of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) under a range of temperatures and relative humidity. Leveraging the results of research being conducted at S&T's National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center (NBACC), the tool is designed to assist response efforts and estimate the environmental persistence of the virus under certain combinations of temperatures and humidity.
Teens Pay it Forward, Use 3D Printers Built at Sandia to Make Face Shields - Sandia National Labs
Teens who built 3D printers during a weeklong robotics camp at Sandia National Laboratories last year have used them to make more than 3,000 face shields that have been donated to medical professionals and first responders in New Mexico.
A new type of coronavirus test offers a cheaper, quicker way to screen for infections, moving the U.S. toward the kind of mass screening that experts say is essential to returning millions of Americans to school and work.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has partnered with Qualcomm and Kryptowire to introduce biometrics as part of the Mission Critical Grade Security Layer (MCGSL), an API set that secures mobile devices and fends off attacks, the department announced.
Leverage Passwordless Authentication for Better Experiences and Security - Biometric Update
The average consumer has dozens of accounts, from their email to their bank or social media, that rely on passwords to access them. This can result in an unmanageable amount of username and password combinations, and many consumers reuse login credentials across accounts. This phenomenon has pushed passwords to the top of the list of attack vectors used in data breaches. If a breached password was reused across multiple sites, the cybercriminal now has the resources to commit ongoing fraud. To combat this, passwordless authentication has emerged as the go-to solution with biometrics leading the charge.
Coordinated Strategy to Accelerate Multiple COVID-19 Vaccine Candidates is Key, NIH Experts Say - NIH
A harmonized and collaborative approach to the clinical testing, scale-up and distribution of candidate vaccines to prevent COVID-19 is essential, scientific leaders write in a perspective published today in Science. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, government, industry and academia have introduced a variety of vaccine candidates. The authors note that more than one effective vaccine approach likely will be required to successfully protect the global community from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. They describe a strategic approach to research and development that would generate essential data for multiple vaccine candidates in parallel.
Developing a Drug to Fight Diabetes and Obesity in Veterans - Syracuse University News
Syracuse University has a long history of supporting the nation's veterans, dating back to 1944. Then-Chancellor William P. Tolley helped draft the G.I. Bill, instrumental in helping millions of veterans through the years pursue an education or training. In 1946, Chancellor Tolley announced Syracuse's "uniform admissions program," which ensured all military personnel admission to Syracuse upon return from war. Continuing this legacy of veteran support, one faculty member's medical research in the College of Arts and Sciences today is helping those who served.
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the fragility of medical and food supply chains as well as the importance of often overlooked and underpaid service workers. Another group of essential employees who have demonstrated their resilience are postal workers.
Whole body diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DW MRI) may aid in the assessment of cancer treatment response in children and youth at much lower levels of radiation than current approaches, suggests a small study funded by the National Institutes of Health. The results appear in Radiology.
A top nuclear security official says the U.S. must move ahead with plans to ramp up production of key components for the nation's nuclear arsenal despite the challenges presented by the coronavirus.
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